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Peter’s going on the run in aid of charity

ULTRA-MARATHON MAN ... Peter Foggo is aiming to run 100 miles in a day to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care.

ULTRA-MARATHON MAN ... Peter Foggo is aiming to run 100 miles in a day to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care.

RUNNING man Peter Foggo is aiming to clock up 100 miles in a day to raise funds for a cancer charity.

The 43-year-old, of Wansbeck Road, Jarrow, is taking part in the St Oswald’s Ultra, an event which will see him run from Holy Island and down the Northumberland coast, then inland to Chollerford, north of Hexham, in September.

Last year, the father of two took part in a similar fundraising event and ran 69 miles along the route of Hadrian’s Wall from Carlisle Castle to Newcastle Quayside.

Peter, a fundraising officer for the Big Lottery Fund, said: “I did that event again this year, but as a sort of training event for this one.

“This one is going to be an awful lot tougher.

“We’ve been given 36 hours to complete it in, but I’m hoping to finish it within 24.

“I did the Sunderland half-marathon and the Edinburgh marathon to prepare for this event too, and I’ve been gradually building up my miles.

“I’ve got eight or nine weeks to go now, so I’m going to start doing 30 and 40-mile training runs to get myself ready.”

Peter is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of his aunt, Dorothy Scott, and his best friend Billy Shaw’s wife, Karen.

Both died from cancer, but their families are grateful for the support they were given by the charity in their final weeks of life.

He added: “The 69-mile run was really hard. When I did it this time, I got to a point where I felt like I couldn’t go on and thought that I’d never be able to do 100 miles.

“I considered dropping out, but I felt like I had to at least give it a go.

“The one thing I’m really worried about is running through the night. I could start running at 7am and still be going at 7am the next day.

“I raised £1,000 for Macmillan last year and was just blown away. This year, I’m setting my target at £500, and if I get that, I’ll be over the moon.

“Macmillan does such a fantastic job, and every single penny goes towards helping someone.”

To sponsor Peter, go to www.justgiving.com/Peter-Foggo2

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